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Sound Uncovered

September 2, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Not every trip to the Exploratorium can be in person!

If you loved Color Uncovered, you won't believe your ears when you hear that there is another stellar free title from San Francisco's Exploratorium. This exceptional educational app series has everything a young scientist could want ... tons of cool facts, stunning visuals and interactive features that let you experiment with your own ears.

While not narrated or enhanced with animation, this non-fiction app is a great addition to any digital library for children ages 8 and up. Adults will even find this app full of new insights and information about the science of sound. This title is also solidly made with simple page turn by swiping and nice navigation with a thumbnail page guide at the bottom of every screen (double tap to reveal). 

Test your ear's age by the frequency of sounds you can detect, listen to your words played backward on a fun in-app recorder and learn all about sound while playing with this interactive app. Headphones are recommended to conduct several of the experiments and be forewarned that this app can be loud (unlike Color Uncovered, which was completely silent). Almost as good as a trip to a science museum, this 'must-download' app is packed with amazing facts in an attractive digital package.

Highly Recommended!

You can find out more about the Exloratorium and this app series at: http://www.exploratorium.edu/explore/apps.

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Sound Uncovered

September 2, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

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Length (time):
20 - 30 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 8 - 12 +

English •

Length (pages):
20 Pages


Story Synopsis - Sound Uncovered

Explore the surprising side of sound with Sound Uncovered, an interactive book featuring auditory illusions, acoustic phenomena, and other things that go bump, beep, boom, and vroom. 

From the makers of Color Uncovered—the Exploratorium—this app puts you at the center of the experiment: Hear with your eyes, see with your ears, make and modify recordings, test your hearing, and more.

How do you make a saxophone growl? Are there secret messages in music played backward? Can you talk and listen at the same time? Why does the sound of gum chewing drive some people mad? Listen up and find answers to these questions and more as you take an auditory trip to the place where sound gets truly interesting: the space between your ears. 

Find more to explore from the Exploratorium online at www.exploratorium.edu. Better yet, visit us in person at our new home at Pier 15 in San Francisco, California. About Us - The Exploratorium (From: iTunes)


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Orientation: Portrait

Format: iPad


Table of Contents, Page Guide, Links to: AppStore, Facebook, Twitter, Email

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Size: 304.36 MB

Version: 1.1

Lite Version Available: No



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